Beyond psychological truth: Deconstructing western deficit-oriented psychology and the co-construction of alternative psychologies in narrative practice— Chris Wever


This paper explores the temporary and intentional centring of the ideas that inform narrative therapy as part of therapeutic practice. Chris describes the usefulness of exposing, in the therapeutic context, the presence and operations of dominant, western, individualising psychological constructs that so often disqualify and pathologise lives. Conversations that remove the truth status of white western psychology can make space for the co-construction of alternative, more relational psychologies.

Chris describes conversational therapeutic practices that include scaffolding questions with the political, psychological and philosophical ideas that underpin those lines of enquiry. Her intention is that people leave the therapy not only with re-authored lives and identities but also with preferred psychologies for how they might think about their own and others’ lives and identities in the future.